On this date

50 YEARS AGO:

March 2, 1968

Mayor William H. Prosser signed a proclamation for Hospital Volunteers Week as the presidents of four volunteer groups at Mercy Hospital looked on: Cindy Helsel (Mercy-Mints), Louise Baluka (senior auxiliary), Audrey Burchfield (junior auxiliary) and Joanne Ickes (Mercy Socialites).

25 YEARS AGO:

March 2, 1993

The Altoona Area School District, Jack Ray transportation administrator, said that the district was considering putting cameras on its school buses at a cost of about $1,200 each. Locally, both Bellwood-Antis and Chestnut Ridge had installed cameras.

10 YEARS AGO:

March 2, 2008

The Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement reported that 102 age compliance checks had been done in Blair, Cambria, Bedford, Centre, Fulton, Huntingdon, Mifflin and Somerset County bars last year with underaged volunteers asking for a drink and said that 50 establishments were “in compliance” and 52 were “out of compliance” by serving a minor. Fines of from $1,000 to $5,000 could be assessed along with mandated Alcohol Management Program training.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, March 2, the 61st day of 2018. There are 304 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On March 2, 1943, the three-day Battle of the Bismarck Sea began in the southwest Pacific during World War II; U.S. and Australian warplanes were able to inflict heavy damage on an Imperial Japanese convoy.

On this date:

– In 1793, the first (and third) president of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston, was born near Lexington, Virginia.

– In 1836, the Republic of Texas formally declared its independence from Mexico.

– In 1933, the motion picture “King Kong” had its world premiere at New York’s Radio City Music Hall and the Roxy.

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